Who We Are?
Kenosis Foundation (KF) is a not-for-profit organization and registered (Reg # 166/2013-2014) on 29th June 2013, under Sec.7 of the Indian Trusts Act 1882. We focus on rural areas and support women and the children of widows, single moms, abuse victims, victims of physical harassment, and disadvantaged, underprivileged and the economically weaker sections of society. Our head office is located in the city of Bangalore, Karnataka State, south part of India.
Conceived by Issac Rayappan, a Catholic missionary from the Catholic religious congregation of Holy Cross Society. He received his masters degree in social work in May of 2006; with a specialization in health and community development projects, as well as organization management. Kenosis is managed by a team of professionals who have previously worked with various corporations and have now dedicated their careers to making a difference in social welfare.
What We Do
We identify and work for causes ranging from child welfare, education, economic empowerment, creating employment opportunities, health and hygiene, life skills education, rural toilet building, and women’s empowerment. Kenosis is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in rural India.
Kenosis in India is a donation platform that allows you to support a cause and project of your choice that has been scrutinized for transparency and credibility.
We do not raise funds for ourselves. We help you donate to a few of our direct community based projects, to make a real difference in India. We tell you exactly where your money goes and provide proof through a feedback report. We ensure that 90% of your contribution reaches the cause of your choice.
To promote efficient and effective giving that provides greater opportunities to the poorest of the poor, living in extreme poverty, by providing the tools necessary to step-by-step, break the cycle of generational poverty in India.
A world without poverty, patriarchy and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to life with dignity.
As a value-led organization, we stand for many things, we run on essential values such as:
- Being Responsible –for oneself and society. We live to create a safe place, peace and harmony;
- Constantly Innovating – the methodology and approach to develop remote communities;
- Providing a Trusted Service – serving all without discrimination of colour, religion and language;
- Dignity – my rights, your rights, and for all of us!
- Striving for Awesomeness – inspiring youths by being a part of making the change;
- Inherit and foster other cultures – fostering, empathetic listening, living in the present with compassionate hearts;
- Sustainability – individual and in the community through constant economic empowerment,
- Passion – for the development of human dignity;
- Accountability and transparency- for resources and the utilization of funds for designated purpose only.
How Kenosis Works
How your money travels to those in need:
Once you decide how you’d like to make a difference by donating to a cause of your choice, we send you a tax receipt for your donation and send the money to your chosen cause or beneficiary. After detailed consideration, the beneficiary is identified by your chosen projects and the money is utilized as per your chosen donation option. We track every donation and ensure that we prepare a feedback report with details about which poor Indian’s life you have changed and how; which we then pass on to you.
|You log on to
|You decide how to make a difference by choosing a Donation Option.
(It takes around 24-48 hours for your payment to get processed).
|Kenosis Foundation sends you a receipt (that can be used for tax purposes) and allocates the amount to your chosen project. (Disbursement to beneficiaries happens on the 15th of every month)
After detailed consideration the beneficiary is identified by your chosen projects and the money is utilized as per your chosen donation option (project).
|We track every donation and ensure that track all report with details about the beneficiary.
Kenosis Foundation then emails the feedback report to you.
Our Assurance to You
- Money guaranteed to reach those in need.
- Detailed feedback on the utilisation of your contribution.
- Lowest cost of fundraising in India and abroad to support women and children under our special projects.
- The 90% of your donation reaches intended beneficiary.
- All of our causes and projects are screened for accountability.
Where We Work
Our primary focus is on rural and slum communities, where no NGOs and any other organizations worked before or exist today. We adopted a few remote villages and work in rural districts of Krishnagiri, state of Tamilnadu and the slums of Bangalore city, in the state of Karnataka, India.
Our first and foremost focus is on rural women and the children of widows, single moms, abuse victims and victims of physical harassment, disadvantaged, underprivileged and economically weaker sections of society.
This project aims to empower women with the skills to establish or expand their own small businesses as a source of livelihood; by providing a small micro-credit loans or grants with no or a small interest. We currently have 493 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) from 176 rural villages, with over 7, 518 women. By establishing their own enterprises, women are able to attain financial freedom by adopting a habit of monthly saving and inter-loaning through women Self-Help Groups. This gives them the opportunity to receive extra income and support their basic needs for survival, health and education of their children.
Educate Underprivileged Child
This micro project aims to provide primary and higher education necessities such as: (uniform, school fees, books, sweater, notebooks, pen, pencil, stationery, etc.) to orphans and underprivileged, poor rural children studying 1st to 12th grade & ages between 5 to 20 years. The children are from 28 remote regions of Krishnagiri district, Tamilnadu state, India. The Kenosis Academic Adoption Programs (KAAP) is also intended to provide health and Hygiene, life skills education and give extra coaching classes for children through After School Programs. Our After School Programs teach students habits of doing their homework, resulting in a higher academic performance.
After School Program
The ASP is to provide children a space for educational and creative activities. Games are often focused around positive recreation, awareness, and life skills. We also incorporate English fluency and computer skills program, into the ASP as a part of our curriculum. This program benefits more than 40-50 children from one village, by establishing one centre in each year. We found very good results and performance of children in school by running such centres. We would like to establish a few more centres in other parts of rural communities to avail this opportunity to other children.
Computer Training Centre
Currently, there are no opportunities to learn computer skills, both in the local schools or in the communities. We have been trying to establish the Computer Centre and avail opportunities with English fluency and typing skills. The project aims to purchase 20 new computers to equip 2 centres and to allow five and more neighbouring villages to access each centre. Each centre will provide basic computer based education to primary and middle school children from socially and economically backward migrant families from rural and urban slums. It will also provide computer skills training to youth, increasing their employability. We believe this can help children and youths live a life of dignity, confidence and help arrest the problem of unemployment in our rural areas.
Youth Employment Programs
The drop out ratio and under and unemployment among rural youths continues to increase, especially in the rural areas we serve. The lack of income due to lack of irregular jobs for their parents to earn steady income in these drought areas to support future education of their children. This results huge dropouts from schooling every year. The project aims to empower youth, 18-24 years old, disabled, underprivileged, underemployed and school dropouts to learn computer skills and three month employment skills. The Youth Employment Programs (YEP) aims to provide participants with the skills necessary to later receive a full time salaried job or start a business of their own in India. This project equips about 650 youths and school students with computer skills each year. The education we provide gives young people the opportunity to succeed in a career in the IT field, support their families, and create a strong sense of self-worth.
Rural Toilet and Napkin Distribution Projects
About one-fifth of India’s population is in the adolescent age group of 10-19 years. Unfortunately, the special needs of adolescents, particularly adolescent girls, are rarely addressed by the educational, health, and family welfare programs in India. We will provide life skills, sexuality and supplementary education for 5000 adolescent girl students. We also focus on providing sanitary eco-toilets, carrying out home improvements to improve the standards, to prevent and protect girls and women from physical and sexual violence. The young women, staff and students will be trained in kit maintenance, personal health and hygiene, puberty, reproduction, sexually and non-sexually transmitted infections and diseases, violence against women, sexual abuse, human trafficking and modern day slavery. The project targets rural and urban schools and colleges to help girls learn about their rights, continue their education, find employment, and improve their confidence to make their own decisions.
India is a fantastic destination for anyone seeking a truly unique and new experience. India offers it all – from some of the world’s most impressive natural biodiversity in its bustling, productive cities. Going abroad is a learning experience; however, it does not need to be difficult! Our goal is to help make the process as easy as possible. There are many exciting options; why not combine two of our programs to give you a well-rounded view of this fascinating country? We have both short (min 2 -4 weeks) and long term (above 5 -24 weeks) programs all year round. All of our programs are affordable, safe, secure and stress-free.
Projects for all ages
|· Orphanage work
· Teach English
· Teach Computer and IT skills
· General Childcare
· Youth employment
· Tutoring and Coaching
· Special needs children
· Building and Renovations
· Assist Teacher in Schools
· Solo and Group Volunteering
· 1 to 2 weeks Volunteering
|· General Nursing
· Electives for Medical Students
· Women’s Empowerment
· Counselling and Psychology
· Nutrition and Health
· Public Health and Medicine
· Journalism Internship
· Media and Communication
· Micro-finance Internship
· Microcredit Project
· Intercultural and leadership
|Location of Project
||Bangalore City, Karnataka State & rural district of Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu State, India.
||Min2 weeks – Max 12 weeks
||Bangalore International Airport (Chennai and Mangalore airport are the nearest and Delhi Airport is a connects flight to Bangalore)
|Number of Participants
||Solo or group of 5 – 10 international volunteers.
||18 – 70
||All our projects accept volunteers who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
||You must apply for this program at least 2- 3 months or at least 1-2 months in advance in order to have enough time to get your visa processed.
What’s ‘Included’ in Your Program Fee?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from KF Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure kit
- Project fixing and Placement
- Project pre and post Orientation
- Airport Pickup (Bangalore International Airport)
- Food (3 meals a day)
- Emergency medical supports
- Certificate of Participation (on request)
What’s ‘Not Included’ in Your Program Fee?
- International Airfare,
- Visa fee,
- Airport Drop- off
- Travel insurance,
- Bottled Water
- Eating Outside
- Local Sightseeing and Excursions entry fee
- Bank transaction charge as applicable
- Internet and Phone calls and
- Police criminal check (if required)
Why Pay To Volunteer?
This is a FAQ on our Volunteer website! However, KF isn’t like any other recruiting agency or company, which works on profit making. We are a not-for profit Community Based Organization, and also not a funded organization till date. We really rely 100% on volunteer’s supports only. Just like if you were at home, there are basic living expenses, such as food, accommodation and transportation and so on. The administrative cost is too high to pay volunteers or staff we hire. Therefore, Community Based Organizations like us cannot afford to pay for your living expenses – even if you are working for free.
Program Costs and Info
Our Pricing includes one-time registration cost and actual costs at the location. Average actual expenses are in the range of US $ 22- US $ 50 per day basis. All of our prices are in USD and weekly basis only. Compared to other organizations, we are very low and affordable with fixing program prices to everyone. We would be happy to provide you further discounted costs for a group of 5-10 in a group travel.
Duration in Weeks
|2 Week Special
|Volunteer and Intercultural exchange programs trip to Mysore, Yercaud
(Group of 5-10 at least)
|Teaching English, Computer skills, Childcare, Street Children, Youth empowerment, Orphanage, Women Empowerment & Teaching, Tutoring and Coaching, Building & Renovation, and Sports Coaching Cost
||Dental Elective, Medical & health, Midwifery, General Nursing, Micro-credit, Micro-finance, Media & Communication, Journalism, Architect and Designing cost
|2 – weeks
|4 – weeks
|5 – weeks
|6 – weeks
|7 – weeks
|8 – weeks
|9 – weeks
|10 – weeks
|11 – weeks
|12 – weeks
There is a US $ 160 fee for all volunteer applications and a US $ 180 fee for an internship placement, this is not included in the overall program fee, as it is used to cover registration and processing expenses for your stay.
Do not really want to pay the application fee?
If so, you may pay the reservation fee of US $ 395. This fee is included in your total program fee, although, it must be payed 120 days prior to your program start date. The remaining dues can be paid 45 days prior to your departure date from your home country. Upon making your advance payment, your placement is assured. If you do not make the requested reservation fee before the required 120 days, you will need to pay both original application fee and program fee.
As said before, in order to avoid or skip application fee, you can always reserve your seats by making US $ 395. Your confirmation before 120 -60 days with an advance payment helps us to organize and fix your project, Airport pick-up, food and accommodation, local project transportation, and so on.
After you pay the reservation fee of US $ 395, you must pay the rest of the due amount at least 45 days prior to your departure from your home country. A delay or failure to make a full payment will lead to cancellation of your application. Although, we will provide a refund of your reservation fee of US $ 395 after deducting an administration fee, as per the program cancellation policy.
Why Pay In Advance?
Unfortunately, we currently do not have our own infrastructure where we can accommodate you and provide food. We hire a room for your food and accommodation from local vendors or local host families according to the project location. By making your program payment, we reserve your food and accommodation with local vendors or host families. This is why we request you to pay at least 120 days prior to your departure and the rest of the dues at least 45 days prior.
How To Transfer Money?
You can transfer the money once your application is successfully processed for eligibility criteria. We will then guide you to transfer your money safely. Upon your payment, we will send you the receipt of your payment and the copy of the receipt will be maintained in KF head office, Bangalore, India for the future referral, accounting and auditing purpose. We are open and transparent in sharing information related to your funds received and actual expenses.
Accommodations: You may stay with one of our host families or in our shared volunteer house, depending on your project location. Living and adapting to Indian systems will immerse you with Indian culture, enabling you to learn to live anywhere in the world. We offer volunteers an opportunity to not only visit India, but experience its culture and enjoy a new way of living.
Food: You will be provided with 3 meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian foods, consisting mainly of vegetarian foods, including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants. However, dining outside is not covered in your program fee.
Laundry: You can wash your clothes by hand if you’d like. There are public laundry services also available for an additional fee. Although, must volunteer opt to wash their clothing by hand, as local women enjoy and take pride in teaching the skill.
Internet: Wi-Fi and Internet access may or may not be available at the volunteer center or your host and guest house. If not, you can always buy an Indian SIM card, a monthly package to access internet on your mobile phone. You may also access wifi at the local internet cafe.
- Basic or good English
- Updated CV / Resume in English
- Must be 18 years old and up
- Letter of consent from a parent or guardian, if under 18
- Internship students must submit relevant field of certificates
- Full travel and medical insurance
- High level of independence and emotional strength
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
- Motivation to work with rural and urban projects
- Ready to travel anywhere
When To Apply?
You should apply to any of our projects at least 2 – 3 months before your chosen start date, in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper Tourist visa. The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2-3 months.
How To Apply
If you are ready and have decided, write an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction about yourself, full name, age, education, professional experience (if), prior volunteering experience (if), your future volunteering project, your expectations and send along with your updated CV in English, and photocopy of your passport to Kenosis Foundation, our head office, Bangalore city, India. We will get back to you within 2 working days.
How YOU can help
Our work is based on a simple act, but with a powerful goal. Our goal is to find projects best positioned to solve problems in communities and have a permanent impact. A contribution of any size is welcome and will make a difference to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and children in India.
If you are ready and have decided, write an email at email@example.com and WhatsApp at +91 9900724842